West Ham set for striking boost after agreeing deal for former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward

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Javier Hernandez scored 59 goals during a five-year spell with Manchester United (Source: Getty)

West Ham are poised to boost their attacking options after agreeing a deal with German side Bayer Leverkusen for the signing of former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Javier Hernandez.

Hernandez, who netted 59 goals in 156 appearances during a five-year stint at Old Trafford, is due in London over the coming days to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms.

It is believed that the 29-year-old – Mexico’s leading all-time goalscorer and a player who bagged 28 times in 45 league games for Leverkusen – is set to cost the Hammers around £15m.

The capture of Hernandez would continue manager Slaven Bilic’s overhaul of the West Ham squad, having agreed a club record fee, thought to be in the region of £24m, with Stoke for Marko Arnautovic.

As with Hernandez, Austria forward Arnautovic is set to undergo a medial and discuss personal terms with the east London outfit in the next day or two.

Bilic has already concluded the signing of England goalkeeper Joe Hart on a season-long loan deal and the free transfer of Pablo Zabaleta following his release from Manchester City.

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